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Journal of Burma Studies
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ISSN (Print) 1094-799X - ISSN (Online) 2010-314X
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  • Astrological and Divinatory Practices in Burma: Mapping the beidin
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      Abstract: This special issue of The Journal of Burma Studies is part of a collective and multidisciplinary project which explores astrological and divinatory knowledge and practices in Burma. These practices include fortune telling, divinatory, and therapeutic techniques, and they serve a broader system for the interpretation of past, present, and future events. In Burma, as elsewhere in South and Southeast Asia, astrology, and divination rationales are part of social thinking and are also embedded in religious fields (Vernant 1974:10; Guenzi 2021:9). The collective aim of these four articles is to investigate the articulation between astrology, divination, religion, power, and discourse in Burma. The articles draw on ... Read More
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  • The Emergence and Evolution of the beidin [inline-graphic 01] Category in
           Burma: The Transition of the Long Nineteenth Century

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      Abstract: This research draws on work on the circulation of knowledge and history of sciences in early- and late-modern South Asia (Raj 2007; Pollock 2011), including Indian astral sciences or jyotiḥśāstra (Pingree 1981; Minkowski 2002; Guenzi 2021). Part of the Burmese medical and astrological knowledge which is considered to have been "localized" from India also had a strong connection with Persia. This assertion is based on scholarship on South and Southeast Asian Islamic societies such as that of Sreeramul Rajeswara Sarma (2009) and Eva Orthmann (2011) on Persian astrological literature in India; Fabrizio Speziale (2018) on the Hindu adaptation of Persian medical categories of knowledge; and Farouk Yahya (2016) on the ... Read More
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  • Min Theinhka: An Astrologer's Career through the Lens of Biography

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      Abstract: I first visited Mayantelin camp, north of Hmawbi, on 16 January 2005. A friend had told me that Min Theinhka, the famous astrologer (baydin hsaya) who recently established this camp, was offering free food to any visitor, every Sunday. The area was increasingly popular amongst "religious" or "spiritual" specialists, who settled in this jungle due to the low land price and the accessibility of the spot. Monks of various types were living next to astrologers, and religious and ritual specialists, in a seemingly indiscriminate fashion.However, as soon as you entered Mayantelin, signs immediately warned that no astrological forecasting (baydin ho) could be expected from Min Theinhka, despite his renown as an astrologer ... Read More
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  • We Are Made of Time: Astrology and Healing in Rakhine State, Myanmar

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      Abstract: No day is ordinary, no moment in time is without its special conjunction of fateful elements, for the gyo (planets) are always exerting their influence on the lives of people, on the fate of the world.My first encounter with Burmese astrology was in 2005, through a specialist I met in a coastal village, southern Rakhine State. I was fascinated by the little blackboard on which the man drew his calculations. Looking at that blackboard, I wondered how many pasts and futures had been drawn and read on that board. How many layers of prescriptions, proscriptions, and hopes produced on that little square have traced people's lives even though their marks have been successively erased, the erasure almost an expression of ... Read More
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  • The Burmese Hour

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      Abstract: Describing the disorientation felt by Afanasii Nikitin, a Russian merchant who traveled alone to India in the second half of the fifteenth century, his journal translator Charles Malamoud remarks that the gritty trader felt lost and anguished not so much because he did not know where he was, but because he did not know when he was. Deprived of his own books and calendars, unable to recognize the days, the months, and the seasons, Nikitin could not properly observe Christian holy days and fasts and was afraid of losing his faith. Caught in a time frame that was not his own, the merchant was overtaken by dismay (Malamoud 1982:15).Imagining a Vietnamese voyager who found himself in Arakan in the late seventeenth ... Read More
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  • The Journal of Burma Studies

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      Abstract: Special Issue Editors' Note "Astrological and Divinatory Practices in Burma" Editors: Aurore Candier and Jane M FergusonCover: Illustrated pps. 3-4 extracted from a white folded parabaik of a Burmese tattoo manuscript, ca.1900. Artist unknown. White local handmade Shan Paper. Handwritten Burmese and Pali scripts. Black and red vermilion ink, pencil, lacquer. Dimensions: W. 29.5 cm; L. 602 cm. 108 pages recto-verso. Courtesy of the Burma Art Collection at Northern Illinois University. Gift of the Burma Studies Group.Cover image editing: Chloe Insley, Center for Burma Studies.Manuscript digitization: Donn V. Hart Southeast Asia Collection. https://sea.lib.niu.edu/islandora/object/SEAImages%3ANIUManuscriptsThe two ... Read More
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